Barbican Access Tickets for Hamlet: Clarifications and FOI requests

Hello again, everyone. Many thanks to all of you that read and commented on my last blog on Barbican’s access arrangements for Hamlet, either here or on Twitter. The blog generated a lot of discussion, mostly on twitter, and there are some interesting comments on the blog too. I’ll draw your attention to the comment from Alice, who is a wheelchair user and had an easier time getting tickets, which demonstrates some of the inequalities... 
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Barbican Access Tickets for Hamlet: Jumping Through Hoops!

The Barbican’s official Hamlet poster. Credit: Barbican Hello readers, Samantha here, It’s been a good while since I blogged here, and I’m very behind on writing about a number of things. But this one jumped the queue…. I’ve tried to get access tickets for the Barbican in London before, but had difficulty obtaining their access rate. In 2013, I was offered discounted tickets for the audio described performance of A Midsummer... 
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Punchdrunk and The Drowned Man: An Update

Hello again, readers. My last blog here was about The Drowned Man, a site specific promenade theatre experience by the renowned Punchdrunk, in collaboration with the National Theatre. Having been once, and had a great experience, sadly, the blog recounted the difficulties I’d had in booking tickets for a return visit. I posted the blog on the 22nd March, and emailed a copy to both Punchdrunk and The National. I’m delighted to say that... 
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Punchdrunk and National Theatre: The Drowned Man. So Near, and Yet, So Far

Hello dear readers, it’s me again, Samantha. I have a lot of catching up to do here. I have a list of blogs to write, most of them positive. This one has skipped to the front of the list. It was so, so nearly a hugely positive post, it really was.  So near, and yet, so far…. *sigh*. I’ve blogged about access at the National Theatre and Punchdrunk before. Both were really positive experiences, so I had high hopes for their joint... 
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Doctor Who Celebration: A Resolution of Sorts

Meeting The Moff Hello, Samantha here, with a long overdue update on the Doctor Who Celebration Convention access issues I blogged about back in July.   A brief reminder: disabled fans were told, wrongly it seems, that they had to phone the box office when tickets went on sale to get access and carer tickets (apparently it was only the carer tickets that needed to be booked this way, but this was contrary to information given in response to queries... 
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Fire Safety for Disabled People at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel

We’ve become aware of a worrying report about an incident at the Birmingham Hilton Metropole Hotel last weekend. A gentleman, who would like to remain anonymous, has told us about his experience. His fiancee has a complex congenital neuromuscular disorder, causing lack of balance, muscle loss, reduced feeling in extremities, chronic fatigue, back problems, and nerve damage, and is a wheelchair user. When they arrived at the hotel, they requested... 
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Not-so-EasyJet- A disabled person’s journey: there and back again

Continued from my previous blog, Preflight Checks, on travelling with disabilities and health conditions. As I said in my previous post, I was due to fly with EasyJet from Liverpool John Lennon Airport. I had exchanged multiple emails with EasyJet’s assistance team, not all successful, but I felt as confident as I could that I had assistance booked. When I contacted EasyJet regarding assistance, I mentioned needing assistance with baggage... 
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Travelling with a disability- Not-so-Easyjet. Preflight checks

Hello again, Samantha here, this time, with a tale of travelling travesty. As regular readers will know, I’m visually impaired; I’m registered blind, but have a small amount of functional vision in one eye. Unfortunately, over the last couple of years, I’ve developed some other long term health problems, one of which is Sleep Apnea, another is an unusual endocrine/metabolic condition which caused fatigue and pain, amongst other things. ... 
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The BBC are treating me like a second class Doctor Who fan

(Originally published on the Limping Chicken, thanks to editor Charlie Swinbourne and writer and poet Donna Williams for kind permission to reblog). Recently, there was a post here on Pesky People, ‘Silence has fallen at the BBC’ written by a fellow Doctor Who fan, describing their troubles with trying to get a ticket to the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Celebration Convention. It’s quite the saga, it goes on for several blog posts, with various... 
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Silence has fallen at the BBC – Doctor Who Celebration Access Issues Update

Myself and my friend, dressed as daleks, meeting Steven Moffat   Hello again, Samantha here to update you on the BBC’s responses to the disability access issues we raised regarding access to the BBC’s flagship Doctor Who Celebration convention, to make the 50th anniversary of my favourite show. I can only hope you aren’t as tired of this whole saga as I am. If you can face more, be warned, it’s a long un. Grab a cuppa... 
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